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Boat Review Seaforce 530 skipa

A fibreglass pontoon boat…..yeah right! While you may think that all pontoon boats are constructed of aluminium, think again. When Rick Lawrence, MD of Seaforce Boats in Hamilton, introduced the

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Your First Fishing Kit

Paul Walker makes some suggestions about what you need to set up your first fishing kit. Getting your first boat is always hugely exciting, and like most kiwis you’re going

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Alloy Boat Issue 8

Alloy Boat Magazine Issue 8 REGULAR COLUMNS 6 Point of View 8 News & Notable 104 Electronics Update 115 Aluminium Boat Guide FEATURES 26 Going Big We look at some

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Boat Review FC 535 CC

The FC 535 CC has all the right characteristics of the original FC 500 but comes with a few new improvements that make it an even better boat. Barry Thompson

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Understanding Your Battery

Batteries for marine use, whether engine start or house batteries (Deep Cycle), can mean the difference between blissful boating or an exercise in crisis management. Evan Honore introduces the technology

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Boat Review Rae Line 186 Outboard

RAE Line first started building boats in 1999 and today is one of the major players in the New Zealand GRP production boat building scene. As a sister company to

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Keep or Release

Lately there is hardly a week goes by without discussion in the media about the state of our fish stocks. Taking out all the bullshit coming from some interested parties

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Boat Review Ultimate 21

The latest addition to what many would see as an already very crowded aluminium boat market has very high aspirations. It wants to be the best. Founded late in 2015,

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Boat Review Seaboss 700

Seaboss is one of those brands that is a quiet achiever, and has a loyal following, especially in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region mainly because Thompson Marine, the

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History of GRP Boats in NZ

BARRY THOMPSON LOOKS AT THE EARLY YEARS OF THE 60S AND 70S WHEN FIBREGLASS BOAT BUILDING IN NEW ZEALAND WAS IN ITS INFANCY, AND REFLECTS ON SOME OF THE PIONEERS WHO HAVE

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BENETEAU BARRACUDA 9

The Barracuda 9 is reminiscent of the old cabin cruisers that were popular in the late 1940s and ‘50s, but, of course, up-dated for the 21st century. New NZ importer Family Boats

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Refit of Colonsay

WHEN THE OWNER first purchased Colonsay, he knew that he would sometime have to replace the old electronics. For a start, some of it wasn’t even working. The Autohelm autopilot

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Boat Review FI Glass Angler

BASED on the same hull as the new Fireball, the Ski Angler is unquestionably aimed directly at the burgeoning open tinnie market and is priced accordingly. If you look back

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Boat Review Icon 533 Powercat

THIS is a cat that oozes quality in every aspect. It’s got the looks, it’s got the style and it’s certainly got the finish. Couple all that with great sea

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The Rise and Fall of an Outboard Giant

Just over fifteen years ago, Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC), once the world’s largest manufacturer of outboard motors, filed for bankruptcy. How this legendary conglomerate went from being an international institution

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Boat Review – Riviera 43 FB

WHEN the Riviera flybridge was launched back in 2010, it was hailed as being dramatically different from previous models. It embraced the latest trends in cruiser design and manufacturing and

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Design Elegance – Beds & Bedding

Bedding made of seaweed covered with animal hides was found in the caves of Le Lazaret, in France. It is believed to date from 130,000 years ago. We can appreciate

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Pacific Passage Maker 2016

PACIFIC PASSAGEMAKER 2016 ANNUAL 108 WHAT’S NEW Some of the very latest new trawlers and passage makers on the market.112 AROUND THE TOP 112 AROUND THE TOP Peter McMorrow recounts

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Pacific PowerBoat May/June 2016

FEATURES 50 LOOKING BACK OVER 20 YEARS Part One – Propeller Magazine 1996-2011 A pictorial essay. 64 A HISTORY OF THE HAMILTON JET BOAT Tony Kean explores the development of

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Technical – Digital Switching

Digital switching, one of the hot new trends now becoming more commonplace on larger motor yachts, is designed to eliminate all those old issues with faulty wiring, huge cable runs

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Boat Review Grady – White express 330

While it is has often been fashionable among local boaties (and a number of boatbuilders) to mock the powered trailer boat offerings from the US (and especially their ability to

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Buyers Guide to Sedan Cruisers

Four years ago we ran a feature on 15-16m sedans and the list we compiled then covered eleven models from six countries. We also published a listing of all available

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Greener & Meaner Outboards

WE LOOK AT WHAT THE OUTBOARD MANUFACTURERS ARE OFFERING IN THE LARGER HORSEPOWER ENGINES AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO MAKE THEM MORE EFFICIENT. Outboard technology has probably moved ahead faster than any other power system, with the

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Boat Review Maritimo M65

THE Maritimo M65 succeeded the M60 in the five model Maritimo Motor Yacht fleet and was designed to fit in between the M73 and M58. Developed off the previous M60,

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Boat Review Upfold 18m Antiquity

ALAN and Gloria Day are experienced boaties. In their younger years, they were into sailing boats and owned a number of yachts. Then, after “seeing the light”, they progressed to

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Destination – Marlbourough Sounds

CARLA DUKESON RECOUNTS A FEW DAYS SPENT MOOCHING AROUND THE PICTURESQUE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS. The Marlborough Sounds encompass 20% of New Zealand’s total coastline. This intricate maze of waterways consists of three Sounds, Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru Sound and

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One on One – John Lu

JOHN LU IS CEO OF TAIWAN BASED HORIZON GROUP AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TAIWAN YACHT INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION. Horizon Yachts was set up 24 years ago in a small factory to build a

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Boat Review Azimut Atlantis 34

One is unlikely to mistake the Azimut Atlantis 34 for one built in either New Zealand or Australia. Its appearance is one that even just a decade or two ago

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Cruise of the Envoy

LAURIE CRANFIELD CONTINUES HIS CRUISE AROUND THE MED AND DISCUSSES SOME OF THE TECHNICAL AND MAINTENANCE ASPECTS OF CRUISING. In this series about Envoy’s Med cruising there is a heavy technical content, and this

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Boat Review – Lazercraft GT640 Sport

In just a few short months the Lazercraft brand has not only re-emerged back onto the market, but they have also just released their second model. Freddy Foote gets aboard the new Lazercraft GT 640 Sport. Re-introduced onto

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Alloy Trio

DNA 570 XHT Alloy 1 DNA’s 570 XHT is the first of a new model hardtop that brings together all the requirements for its owner. The 570 XHT was a

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The Truth About Hoses

HAVING THE RIGHT HOSE FOR THE RIGHT JOB IS PROBABLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN MOST OF US REALISE. THE LAST THING ON YOUR MIND IS THE THOUGHT OF YOUR BOAT SINKING,

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Boat Review Prowler 10.8

THE most obvious change is in the cockpit, which has been lengthened 460mm. The wingdecks has also been extended and the centre transom unit has not only been moved further

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Company Profile – Elandra Yachts

In three years, Elandra Yachts has produced four of their Elandra 53s, is well underway with the all new Elandra 49 and has established dealerships outside Australia in the US

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Surtees Yamaha Boat Review

The Surtees Yamaha is packed full with innovative features. Barry reviews the boat in Half-moon Bay, New Zealand – check out the video below!

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Boat Review Mustang 32 SC

FIRSTLY, it is important to make mention that there is no old Mustang 32 in the new Mustang 32SC. Everything from the keel up is different. With the demise of

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Safety Essentials Part 3

SAFETY ESSENTIALS -PART 3 In part 3 (the final) we look at the many and various safety devices that are suitable to have aboard you boat, be it a 4m

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Boat Review Buccaneer El Doradio 685HT

WHEN the 685 El Dorado Centre Cabin was unveiled at the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show in 2014, designer Gerry Gerrand told me that a hardtop version was already under development.

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Boat Review Sea Ray 350

SHE comes well equipped to handle comfortable seating for 18 people while underway, including an unprecedented 11 facing forward. At rest she can seat even more. She incorporates Sea Ray’s

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Boat Review Highlander – Elite 20m

Experience counts and when it comes to Kiwi designer Bill Upfold that goes back a whole lot of years. In 1984, after the completion of his apprenticeship at John Lidgard

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Boat Review Frewza F18 Fisher

Brendon Frew is a man that is passionate about the brand that carries his name and while they are extremely popular and known in the South Island, the Frewza brand

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Boat Review CSB Huntsman Xcalibur

IT goes without saying, that if you are seriously into your skiing or wakeboarding and don’t ever want to see a rod holder on your boat, then you will go

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Boat Review – Salthouse 68 Ekara

Ekara is the fourth Salthouse 68 to be launched and it could quite possibly be the last. with the demise of previous builders Salthouse  marine group (smg) right at the

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Choosing your Fishing Reels

HERE’S THE SCOPE ON REELS, THEIR USES AND THEIR PRICE. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE THE SORT OF BOATER-CUM- FISHERMAN WHO THINKS SPENDING $80 ON A ROD AND REEL IS ‘SMART

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Boat Review – Alaska 57 PH

In the past we have become accustomed to the sedan or flybridge style of alaska motor yacht. but there is another guise fast gaining attention in their range, the flagship

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Boat Review – Corsair 49 Euro

With the Corsair 49 Euro, which is 1.5m longer overall than the 44, Dean Salthouse has gone for the European trend with more curve in the windscreens, there are more cowlings and overall a

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Inside the Haines Hunter SP725

When Haines Hunter NZ took out the prestigious Boat of the Show Overall Winner Award with its SP725, it was a timely acknowledgment not only for the company but also

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Boat Review – McLay 690HT

The main difference is that it is slightly wider, higher in the topsides and has a raised cockpit sole. This has allowed for a larger fuel tank, up from 170 litres to 200